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Beauceron, Beauceron

He wouldn't let me take the picture without him. (Rocky posing with a commissioned whippet drum) - he's such a ham when he sees the camera!

Marrok, Rocky, Rock Star turns 1 year old on April 8th (coincidentally also Mbala and my 5 year wedding anniversary!) - it's hard to believe it's been that long! Beaucerons are a slow maturing breed so he's not an 'adult' yet - he's still lanky and gangly and ridiculous, but in much better control of the fact his hind legs are part of his body than ever before.

Catching up on a photo backlog, here's the bum at 6 months old.

He had so much fun once he decided the water wasn't too scary.

Here he is playing security at a dog show I attended last fall.

At that same show, which happened to be a Siberian husky show, one of the show chairs happened to have two beaucerons, one of which he brought with so we could meet him! This is Cyrano, a young adult male.

Another shot of Cyrano. (What a great name for a dog!)

Ok - more Rocky. That is also no way to sit, silly dog.

That... also... cannot be comfortable.

Here he is, 10 months old - enjoying a romp through the snow on our new property.

Even when he's trying to be so good, sometimes the evil just leaks out. (This isn't photoshopped, it's what my phone camera always does to him. Laser devil eyes!)

For an early birthday party this weekend, I gave Rocky a monster bone, which he proceeded to demolish in a ridiculously short period of time. His jaws are made of hyena.


Best birthday party ever!

Noble derpball.

In other news, I've been on quite a cooking spree, experimenting with a ton of different meals I hadn't tried before with wonderful results. I made pierogis from scratch tonight (stuffed with bacon/potato/veggie/cheese mix) that were heavenly and have made all sorts of interesting roasts, soups, and random Czech fusion dishes. I will make some sort of food photo/recipe post soon!
Also, we finally close on the land (after four months of major fussing) this Thursday, so I am holding my breath in excitement. :) I'll finally post some photos of that, since it is now really coming through.


Apr. 5th, 2011 09:25 pm (UTC)
And does he have double dew claws on his back feet? oAo
Apr. 6th, 2011 04:53 pm (UTC)
Yes, the double dewclaws are in the breed standard. Beaucerons are really uncommon (especially in the U.S.) but are a fantastic breed!
Apr. 6th, 2011 08:22 pm (UTC)
Ahhh, now I really want one when I move out, I have a soft spot for larger dogs. I'll have to look around and see if I can find (an of course reputable) breeder.

I think that the double dewclaws are super cool! And I love the ears, though I'm assuming they're cropped? I read that they require a bit of a firm hand and a lot of training and socializing as pups, which I would be sure to do :) I just think they're awesome!
Apr. 6th, 2011 08:36 pm (UTC)
I would recommend our breeder, she was great to work with. I've got a link to her page on my site:
There aren't many breeders working with them in the U.S. at all.

I think they are just very different than what most people expect from a dog - I'd highly recommend meeting some and getting to know them. :) They are really intelligent but quite sensitive, and they are quick to step into an authority role if they feel like it's not there in the owners but can't handle the really aggressive handling a lot of people give big dogs (i.e. choke collars, prongs, electric) - they will hold that against you instead of submitting to it.
They are a very primitive breed with more primitive behaviors - I get the feeling that is why they haven't become more popular here. I agree they are awesome dogs and if they're a good fit for you in personality (they are athletic, high energy dogs who need a definite job!) I think you'd just love them. :)
Apr. 6th, 2011 08:38 pm (UTC)
Oops and sorry - here's the link http://foxloft.com/exotics/marrok

Yes, his ears are cropped - some people leave them floppy they are partially erect and kind of houndy that way.
Apr. 6th, 2011 08:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks! C:

I'll be sure to keep it in mind about the different collars, I've used choke collars in the past, but only ever for a quick correction. I've never been real aggressive with dogs, firm yes, but not aggressive.

Ahaha well I would like a reason to be more active, lord knows I need it. I've read they're good at agility, which I think is super fun, I'd love doing that with him/her!

I'd probably get the ears cropped, not big on the houndy ears on them for some reason XD

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